Michelle Shain, PhD, MA
Associate Research Scientist
Michelle Shain is an Associate Research Scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. She received her PhD from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and an MA from the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Michelle has co-authored a number of articles in journals such as the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and Contemporary Jewry. Her primary research project at CMJS is the ongoing evaluation of Birthright Israel, and she is focused in particular on the intersection of religion and family formation.
On May 12, 2016 Michelle Shain participated in a webinar cosponsored by JOFA and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute with Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman, editor of Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution. Michelle discussed her chapter "Dreams and Realities: American Jewish Young Adults' Decisions about Fertility." View video.